Mt. Rushmore and the AP

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY JUNE 26, 2020

         HERE IS A LESSON IN MODERN SO-CALLED JOURNALISM FROM AN ASSOCIATED PRESS STORY CARRIED IN NEWSPAPERS ACROSS THE NATION.

            “PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S PLANS TO KICK OFF INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH A SHOWY DISPLAY AT MOUNT RUSHMORE ARE DRAWING SHARP CRITICISM FROM NATIVE AMERICANS WHO VIEW THE MONUMENT AS A DESECRATION OF LAND STOLEN FROM THEM AND USED TO PAY HOMAGE TO LEADERS HOSTILE TO NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

            IN THAT ONE SENTENCE WE HAVE “SHOWY DISPLAY” AND THE SEARCH FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL OPPOSE A JULY 4 RALLY LED BY THE PRESIDENT. THE AP REPORTER DECIDED TO CREATE HIS OWN STORY.

         NEXT COMES A TIE TO “STRUCTURAL RACISM” AND A QUOTE FROM ONE MEMBER OF THE OGLALA LAKOTA TRIBE, WHO SAYS MOUNT RUSHMORE “IS A SYMBOL OF WHITE SUPREMACY…THAT’S STILL ALIVE IN SOCIETY TODAY.” HE GOES ON TO TALK ABOUT THE INJUSTICE OF STEALING NATIVE PEOPLE’S LAND AND THEN “CARVE THE FACES OF THE CONQUERERS WHO COMMITTED GENOCIDE.” MT. RUSHMORE IS ONE OF THE ARTISTIC WONDERS OF THE WORLD. SO E WANT TO TEAR IT DOWN, ALONG WITH OTHER MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS BECAUSE THEY ARE ANARCHISTS. 

         YOU SEE HOW THIS WORKS? EVERY STORY IS STRUCTURED TO TRASH THE PRESIDENT, REPUBLICANS AND WHITE PEOPLE. THAT ENDS TODAY’S LESSON IN MODERN DAY JOURNALISM, WHICH IS NOT REALLY JOURNALISM, BUT PROPAGANDA. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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